Primeur weekly 2019-07-29

Focus

Which countries match the EuroHPC budget for the open Reseach and Innovation calls? ...

Quantum computing

Virginia Tech researchers lead breakthrough in quantum computing ...

Middleware

Melissa Di Donato appointed CEO of SUSE ...

Hardware

Mellanox delivers record revenue for the second quarter of 2019 ...

Bezeq displaces all-flash array with Excelero NVMesh for mission-critical data warehouse architecture ...

ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex breaks multiple industry records in live network trial ...

Fujitsu to deliver Australia's most powerful supercomputer to help solve complex and pressing global challenges ...

VSC-4 is Austria's most powerful supercomputer ...

VMware to acquire Bitfusion ...

Applications

OpenAI forms exclusive computing partnership with Microsoft to build new Azure AI supercomputing technologies ...

Collaboration between Asepeyo and Barcelona Supercomputing Center for e-health projects ...

ORNL scientists make fundamental discovery to creating better crops ...

With OLCF resources, Will Fox is replicating the behaviours of astrophysical plasmas ...

New deep learning code predicts destructive plasma instabilities in record time ...

Expanding the limits of personalized medicine with high-performance computing ...

Argonne hosts first in a series of "AI for Science" town halls ...

TACC offers engaging introduction to scientific programming ...

Fusion's path to practicality ...

Supercomputers use graphics processors to solve longstanding turbulence question ...

Physicists have let light through the plane of the world's thinnest semiconductor crystal ...

Transforming biology to design next-generation computers, using a surprise ingredient ...

The Cloud

Globus announces integration with Box Cloud Content Management ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-07-29

Focus

The EuroHPC grants will only cover 50% of a project proposal's budget. Each partner in an accepted project proposal must pay the other 50% from other sources. The general idea is the countries' national research and development programmes cover this. For the calls that opened on July 25, about half of the participating EuroHPC countries already know if they will make money available, and whether that amount has a maximum or not. Yes, it is complicated. About half of the countries do not know yet. This makes it very difficult for organisations to start working in an international consortium on preparing proposals as the first call already closes in November. Read further...

Quantum computing

The large, error-correcting quantum computers envisioned today could be decades away, yet experts are vigorously trying to come up with ways to use existing and near-term quantum processors to solve useful problems despite limitations due to errors or "noise". A key envisioned use is simulating molecular properties. In the long run, this can lead to advances in materials improvement and drug discovery. But not with noisy calculations confusing the results. Read further...

Middleware

Accomplished technology executive and former SAP leader, Melissa Di Donato, has been named chief executive officer of SUSE in a move that will herald the next phase of growth and momentum for the world's largest independent open source software company. Read further...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has issued preliminary financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2019. Read further...
Telecommunications company Bezeq is deploying Excelero NVMesh as the centrepiece of a new scale-out storage architecture behind its mission-critical data warehouse. Replacing a high-end all-flash array with the simplicity and scale of an architecture using Excelero NVMesh along with Fujitsu servers and Mellanox 100 Gbps Ethernet switches, Bezeq achieved a 2x to 3x throughput improvement and cut database run times by up to 90%. Read further...
ADVA's FSP 3000 TeraFlex has broken multiple industry records in a commercial long-haul terrestrial network originally built for 100Gbit/s services. Using an optical spectrum-as-a-service approach, the terminal achieved 200Gbit/s per wavelength transmission over a distance of 5738km with 2,5bit/symbol, and 500Gbit/s over 1016km with 5bit/symbol modulation. The ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex is the first commercially available solution to achieve such results. Read further...
Fujitsu Australia Limited has been awarded the contract to upgrade Australia's fastest supercomputer, which will help to keep Australia at the forefront of the world's research community. The new machine, which will be housed at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra and operated by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), will provide a 10-fold increase in speed and provide Australian researchers with world-class, high-end computing services. Read further...
Several universities have come together to construct Austria's most powerful supercomputer, Vienna Scientific Cluster 4 (VSC-4), which ranks 82 in the TOP500 list. Read further...
Increasingly businesses are applying artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to differentiate and advance their processes and offerings. VMware will acquire Bitfusion to help businesses more efficiently use AI technologies on-premises and in hybrid Cloud environments. Read further...

Applications

Microsoft Corp. and OpenAI, two companies thinking deeply about the role of AI in the world and how to build secure, trustworthy and ethical AI to serve the public, have partnered to further extend Microsoft Azure's capabilities in large-scale AI systems. Through this partnership, the companies will accelerate breakthroughs in AI and power OpenAI's efforts to create artificial general intelligence (AGI). The resulting enhancements to the Azure platform will also help developers build the next generation of AI applications. The multiyear partnership is founded on shared values of trustworthiness and empowerment, and an investment of $1 billion from Microsoft. Read further...
Bareclona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and Asepeyo have signed an agreement to integrate Artificial Intelligence into Asepeyo's medical management and diagnoses. This agreement is a strong commitment to personalized medicine and artificial intelligence to improve the quality of health services and diagnosis and increase efficiency in managing resources. Read further...
A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have discovered the specific gene that controls an important symbiotic relationship between plants and soil fungi, and successfully facilitated the symbiosis in a plant that typically resists it. Read further...
Will Fox, a research scientist at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and long-time user of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), has received the 2019 Thomas H. Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research from the American Physical Society. Read further...
For decades, scientists have sought to control nuclear fusion - the energy that powers the sun and other stars - by developing massive fusion reactors to produce and contain plasma, with the goal of mirroring the astronomically high pressure and temperature conditions of celestial objects. Read further...
What should personalized, precision treatment of cancer look like in the future? We know that people are different, their tumours are different, and they respond differently to different therapies. Medical teams of the future might be able to create a "virtual twin" of a person and their tumour. Then, by tapping supercomputers, physician-led teams could simulate how tumour cells behave to test millions (or billions) of possible treatment combinations. Ultimately, the best combinations might offer clues towards a personalized, effective treatment plan. Read further...
More than 300 scientists and engineers from universities, national laboratories and industries across the United States gathered at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory to kick off a series of town halls focused on artificial intelligence. These laboratory-driven town halls will collect input from the scientific community on the opportunities and challenges they face in an era when high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are converging and integration of large-scale simulation, advanced data analysis, data-driven predictive modelling, theory and high-throughput experiments will be vital. Read further...
"Hello, world!" Beginning coders have probably seen this message, the results of a simple programme that introduces the basic syntax of a computer language by printing words to the screen. Students even at the university level often don't go much beyond the programming basics like "hello, world". This lack of coding skills can hold back researchers who find themselves needing practical methods to deal with an increasingly complex wealth of Big Data. Read further...
California company TAE Technologies Inc. subscribes to a fail-fast approach in its quest for commercially viable nuclear fusion energy. Read further...
Advanced simulations have solved a problem in turbulent fluid flow that could lead to more efficient turbines and engines. When a fluid, such as water or air, flows fast enough, it will experience turbulence - seemingly random changes in velocity and pressure within the fluid. Read further...
In every modern microcircuit hidden inside a laptop or smartphone, you can see transistors - small semiconductor devices that control the flow of electric current, i.e. the flow of electrons. If we replace electrons with photons - elementary particles of light, then scientists will have the prospect of creating new computing systems that can process massive information flows at a speed close to the speed of light. At present, it is photons that are considered the best for transmitting information in quantum computers. These are still hypothetical computers that live according to the laws of the quantum world and are able to solve some problems more efficiently than the most powerful supercomputers. Read further...
Moore's law - which says the number of components that could be etched onto the surface of a silicon wafer would double every two years - has been the subject of recent debate. The quicker pace of computing advancements in the past decade have led some experts to say Moore's law, the brainchild of Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in the 1960s, no longer applies. Particularly of concern, next-generation computing devices require features smaller than 10 nanometers - driving unsustainable increases in fabrication costs. Read further...

The Cloud

Globus, a research data management service, has made available Globus for Box, a new solution for seamlessly connecting Box with an organisation's existing research storage ecosystem. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-07-29

Focus

Which countries match the EuroHPC budget for the open Reseach and Innovation calls? ...

Quantum computing

Virginia Tech researchers lead breakthrough in quantum computing ...

Middleware

Melissa Di Donato appointed CEO of SUSE ...

Hardware

Mellanox delivers record revenue for the second quarter of 2019 ...

Bezeq displaces all-flash array with Excelero NVMesh for mission-critical data warehouse architecture ...

ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex breaks multiple industry records in live network trial ...

Fujitsu to deliver Australia's most powerful supercomputer to help solve complex and pressing global challenges ...

VSC-4 is Austria's most powerful supercomputer ...

VMware to acquire Bitfusion ...

Applications

OpenAI forms exclusive computing partnership with Microsoft to build new Azure AI supercomputing technologies ...

Collaboration between Asepeyo and Barcelona Supercomputing Center for e-health projects ...

ORNL scientists make fundamental discovery to creating better crops ...

With OLCF resources, Will Fox is replicating the behaviours of astrophysical plasmas ...

New deep learning code predicts destructive plasma instabilities in record time ...

Expanding the limits of personalized medicine with high-performance computing ...

Argonne hosts first in a series of "AI for Science" town halls ...

TACC offers engaging introduction to scientific programming ...

Fusion's path to practicality ...

Supercomputers use graphics processors to solve longstanding turbulence question ...

Physicists have let light through the plane of the world's thinnest semiconductor crystal ...

Transforming biology to design next-generation computers, using a surprise ingredient ...

The Cloud

Globus announces integration with Box Cloud Content Management ...